The government’s new environment bill is proof that Extinction Rebellion are right to protest. The Queen’s speech committed the UK to protecting and improving the environment with targets “amongst the most ambitious in the world”. The bill has failed to deliver: in 244 pages, there is not a single target set.
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In the October Newsletter:
After the Earthquakes
Can the Environment Agency Properly Regulate Fracking?
Contaminated Water Tankered to Leeds
Hostile Environment for Fracking
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Across the UK, Local Authorities, and Devolved Administrations, are seeking to use their planning powers to block the development of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas. This is against UK Government policy. Here, Dr Sarah Mander from the School of Mechanical, Aerospace & Civil Engineering looks at what all of this could mean for the future of shale in the UK.
The business secretary, Kwasi Kwarteng, has confirmed that Cuadrilla will not be allowed to resume fracking at its Preston New Road site near Blackpool until last month’s record-breaking tremor has been investigated.
Mr Kwarteng made the statement in a letter to the local Conservative MP, Mark Menzies.
Fylde MP Mark Menzies has held a meeting with the Oil and Gas Authority to reiterate his call for an indefinite suspension of hydraulic fracturing on the Fylde coast.
Mr Menzies called for an end to fracking in the area following a 2.9MI tremor last month.
The activists blocked the entrance to the site on 10 September 2019 using a boat bearing the words “Planet before profit,” criticising Cuadrilla’s efforts to expand fracking in the UK through the development of the Preston New Road site and highlighting the environmental risks of fracking.
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Speaking at a campaign meeting on the Aurora Energy Resources’ application, MP Rosie Cooper told opponents:
“Who is going to look after your interests if it’s not you? It is really important that you are here. “Keep doing what you are doing.”
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A plan to drill and frack near important wildlife sites in Sefton and West Lancashire should not be approved, the government’s nature conservation adviser has warned.